fertility, grief, Parenting, pregnancy loss, miscarriage, perinatal, pregnancy, Pregnancy Termination

Confused by the different terms that describe pregnancy loss?

If you are trying to have a baby, or have just found out you are pregnant, you might be hearing all types of words that describe different forms of pregnancy loss.  All the jargon can get really confusing and scary. I like this simple summary of the different terms that are used to describe the… Continue reading Confused by the different terms that describe pregnancy loss?

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fertility, LGBTI Parenting, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, surrogacy

Choosing your surrogate

I rather like this short but useful guide to choosing a surrogate https://www.gayswithkids.com/7-tips-for-gay-men-to-consider-when-choosing-your-gestational-carrier-2465988294.html  It was specifically written for gay men, but most of the points apply just as well to heterosexual couples and single women choosing a gestational carrier.  I actually like the final point best of all... "Make sure you genuinely like your carrier… Continue reading Choosing your surrogate

fertility, health, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

Surrogacy – when is it not ok?

I was quite horrified to read of a recent case in the USA where a prominent politician offered significant financial inducement to  female staff to act as gestational surrogates for himself and his partner, then harassed and threatened them when they refused to agree to the arrangement.  https://morningconsult.com/opinions/a-cautionary-tale-when-sexual-harassment-and-surrogacy-collide/ Australian surrogacy legislation differs from what is… Continue reading Surrogacy – when is it not ok?

mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal

Social support in the postpartum

We know that having solid and reliable social support networks in the postpartum can be a really important protective factor for postnatal depression and anxiety.  Unfortunately, when social networks are not actually supportive, they can end up being harmful and increase our risk of developing depression or anxiety. Did you join a mother's group?  Was… Continue reading Social support in the postpartum

Birth trauma, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Dealing with a traumatic birth

Many women feel traumatised by their experience of giving birth, but then feel compelled to minimise their experience "it wasn't that bad" or struggle to admit how the birth experience has impacted on them.  Things might have ultimately turned out ok for mum and baby, but the birth has left them with a significant trauma… Continue reading Dealing with a traumatic birth

health, mental health, mental illness, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy

Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum - for help to find it, you can start your search… Continue reading Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

fertility, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, surrogacy

An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

Can a woman really fall pregnant, when she is already carrying a surrogacy pregnant?  This is not an issue I generally include for discussion in my pre-surrogacy implications counselling for women contemplating becoming a gestational surrogate, but the truth is, strange things really do happen!  The process is known as superfetation, and involves the simultaneous… Continue reading An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

donor conception, fertility, IVF risks, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decided… Continue reading Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor

donor conception, fertility, New baby, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Relationships

How many families could be created from 24 embryos

A Sydney woman who undertook fertility treatment in the USA using donated eggs and sperm is donating her 24 surplus embryos to childless families here and in the UK.  A number of other children have already been born from these embryos, and it is expected that ultimately, there could be as many as 10  donor… Continue reading How many families could be created from 24 embryos

donor conception, fertility, LGBTI Parenting, Parenting, perinatal, pregnancy, Rainbow Families, Solo mums

Are you considering using a sperm donor?

If the answer is yes, it is critical that you understand the potential implications of using a known donor.  The risk of using a known donor, without a clearly defined donor (vs FATHER) relationship, have been recently and catastrophically demonstrated in this situation, where a woman (who does have a partner) has discovered she has… Continue reading Are you considering using a sperm donor?